We are so amazed at the countless ways people can portray Frida Kahlo. Whether you’re posting an Instagram picture of this Mexican queen or impersonating her at a Frida festival, the options are truly endless. Just look at the Ruben Dario Villa, a Chicano artist and designer, who has created a stunning image of Frida but not with paint but with Mexican gum known as Chiclets.
So how could an artist use those tiny pieces a gum to make a portrait? Villa seems to have first designed his image and then worked on it by hand. Check it out.
I'm back at it again with these #chiclets! See my finished piece at Puerto Alegre in SF on Tues. for El Color y El Dolor art show by @francolafresh honoring #Frida! This massive (massively painstaking) piece will be featured at El Color y El Dolor at Puerto Alegre! Join us for the opening reception on Tuesday from 3-5 PM ! FB invite link in my bio 👍🏾 #chicle #chicanoart #arte #fridakahlo #chicletfrida #latinx #latino #friducha #art #cultura #gum
As you can see the image of Frida was visually depicted on his screen and he had to match each Chiclet to his vision.
Peekaboo, 👁👁 see you! Check out all 5,487 #chiclets of the finished #Frida5487 in SF starting tomorrow! #Chiclepopseries 👇🏾 ChiclePop Series "Frida 5487" 4'x4' Chiclets on wood 👇🏾 Showing at Puerto Alegre in #themission #sanfrancisco starting 6/26! #️⃣ frida #chicle #artepop #art #popart #cultura #chicana #latina #chicano #latino #arte #artshow #fineart #popculture #popart
Villa said it took him almost 6,000 Chiclets to make this extraordinary portrait. Check out the finished product below!
Like I said, the blood 💉n sweat 💦were accounted for and the tears were bound to show up! 😭They did. 🤢In the bathroom while violently heaving #hotcheetos from last night. (I know, wtf!) Seconds later I was on camera being interviewed about my work. (Thanks for @francolafresh for that) Such an amazing experience to have people trip out on your work and genuinely care about the method, time and inspiration behind #Frida4587 #ChiclePop I'm home now and I feel like I got hit by a train while running a marathon and am going to bed. #graciasadios for my #passion and #creativity and for the road ahead. Humbled to be on a wall with some badass artists. Let's see where this leads. But seriously, for now it leads right to bed. #mimis #buenasnoches #chiclets #chicano #chicana #latino #latina #frida #fridakahlo #chingona #arte #cultura #gum #art
The portrait is part of a group show in San Francisco’s Mission District and can be seen at the restaurant Puerto Alegre. The show is titled “El Color y El Dolor: A Frida Inspired Art Show,” and it opened less than a month ago but will be on view for another month.
Artist @rdvious and owner of @fuchilafresheners stole the show with his conceptually based Frida portrait done entirely out of #chiclets. If you don't know Chiclets are an inexpensive Mexican bubble gum usually sold by children in the streets of Mexico. He's an amazing artist and designer and he's young, smart and ambitious. Look out for future works by this man and see the original at my curated show #ElColorYElDolor: A Frida Inspired Art Show. It runs for two months in San Francisco's beautiful #missiondistrict
Nice work, Ruben! Can’t wait to see your next creation.